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Easy-to-Sew Oven Mitt for Kids and Dolls – Repurpose Project

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Did you know Dollar Tree has oven mitts in their store?  This was such a fun find because oven mitts are perfect to personalize with a Cricut or embroidery machine.  Which, of course, makes these mitts inexpensive, thoughtful, and fun gifts for neighbors, teachers, and more!

While I was dreaming of things to do with these newly-discovered items, I decided it would be fun to give my daughter and her doll matching oven mitts.  The beauty of this oven mitt tutorial is you can repurpose an old oven mitt into mitts for both dolls and children!  If your child’s wrist isn’t too large, you can even use the original hem of the mitt when making both the new ones!  Thus, this is essentially a one-seam project.  Perfect for beginners!

Here’s how to make an easy-to-sew kid’s oven mitt with a matching doll mitt!

Materials:

Here is what I used!

  • Oven mitt
  • Sewing machine with 90/14 needle (sharp or universal) and thread
  • Pinking shears or sewing scissors
  • Point turner (or something to help with poking out edges)
  • Fabric marking pen or washable marker
  • Sewing machine Error: invalid link type (really helpful but not necessary)

How to Repurpose an Oven Mitt

Let’s get started with the process!  First, turn your oven mitt inside out.  We’ll be doing all the sewing from this direction.

Next, using your child’s hand as a guide, draw a mitten shape around the hand using a fabric marking pen.  Use the base of the adult-sized oven mitt as the base of the new oven mitt pattern.  The line you will be drawing is the seam line, so you don’t need to worry about any seam allowance. 

mark your fabric with a marking pen

Make sure to leave a wide enough opening at the bottom to turn the mitt back inside out when you’re done sewing.  Also, remember it’s easier to cut away more fabric but very difficult to add fabric back if your mitt is too small.  So, err on the larger size when drawing and sewing.

While you’re at it, draw the pattern for the doll’s oven mitt onto the bigger oven mitt.  I was able to easily fit both of the mitts along the opening, thus using the original hem.  The good thing about this project is oven mitts are very forgiving because they are not fitted.  So, don’t worry too much if your drawing isn’t perfect.  Here is Sienna, our doll, posing as a hand model.

measure the doll's hand for the oven mitt

Now, it’s time to sew along the lines you drew.  If you have a walking foot, or even feed foot, for your sewing machine, this is a great time to pull it out.  It helps control the fabric better and evenly feeds bulky layers.  If you don’t have one, opt for your all-purpose zigzag foot and make sure to carefully watch it while stitching.

use a walking foot for best results

Use a regular straight stitch to sew around the marked lines for both oven mitts.  Stitch slowly around corners and decrease stitch length for more accuracy around the curves.

how to sew an oven mitt for dolls and toddlers

Once you’re done sewing and your threads are clipped, use pinking shears (or scissors) to trim close to the stitched lines.  Make sure not to accidentally clip into them! 

clip raw edges with pinking shears

Next, it’s time to turn the oven mitts back right side out.  This might take a bit of finagling.  I use the rounded point of my point turner to help push the thumb section and the finger sections out nice and flat.

use a point turner to push out the edges

I also gave the mitts a quick press when I was finished before revealing the finished project.  So far, my daughter and her doll are loving their new DIY oven mitts!

Kids’ Oven Mitt Sewing Project – Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this easy-to-sew kids’ oven mitt tutorial.  It’s so fun being able to repurpose something inexpensive into something so cute! 

Interested in sewing more doll clothes and accessories?  Check out how to sew doll clothes for beginners, how to pick doll clothes fabrics, and how to sew a doll face mask.

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